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About the Course

The Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism and science are deeply compatible and has encouraged Western scholars to critically examine both the meditative practice and Buddhist ideas about the human mind. A number of scientists and philosophers have taken up this challenge. There have been brain scans of meditators and philosophical examinations of Buddhist doctrines. There have even been discussions of Darwin and the Buddha: Do early Buddhist descriptions of the mind, and of the human condition, make particular sense in light of evolutionary psychology? This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under this scrutiny. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate meditation—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: that the self doesn’t exist, and that much of perceived reality is in some sense illusory. Do these claims, radical as they sound, make a certain kind of sense in light of modern psychology? And what are the implications of all this for how we should live our lives? Can meditation make us not just happier, but better people? All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion....

Top reviews

Nov 15, 2015

I have been practicing meditation for two years already.In so far I have attended all Deepak Chopra meditation experiences which I found very helpful but not as helpful this course provided me so far.

Oct 25, 2020

I thought this was a great introduction to both modern Buddhist thought and evolutionary psychology. Professor Wright is an excellent lecturer, and his office hours are informative as well as amusing.

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By Akshaykumar G

Apr 16, 2020

Thanks for providing me this opportunity

By Elizabeth W

Jan 10, 2017

Very enlightening and thought-provoking!

By Wulan

Aug 8, 2016

Very good explanations in each lectures!

By Viktoriya K

May 8, 2016

Excellent, deep yet very understandable.

By suprita s

Mar 18, 2016

An excellent course. Highly recommended.

By Kate T

Feb 22, 2016

The Professor and the material is great!

By Michel T F L

Nov 10, 2015

Greath, both the teachings and professor

By Alexey S

Nov 9, 2015

The best introduction to secular budhism


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By Matthew P

Jun 10, 2020

Only one problem: I want a certificate!

By Samuel H

Jan 14, 2016

A very important and insightful course.

By Peter B

Jan 12, 2016

Very well understandable, solid course.

By John P P

Aug 16, 2020

This course is great! I learned a lot.

By Lorena G A S

May 19, 2020

Excellent online learning opportunity.

By Anthony A

Apr 22, 2020

Great course - would highly recommend!

By Artur S

Jan 14, 2020

I realy enjoyed the course. Thank you!

By Sionade C K K

Apr 14, 2019


By Kamil S

Apr 1, 2016

Interesting, important, enlightening:)

By David C

Jan 27, 2016

Excellent course content and professor

By Nicholas S

Aug 10, 2020

Wonderful course and great professor.

By Maylin C

Jul 3, 2020

Muy buen curso, lo disfrute muchisimo

By Angiee M V N

Jun 15, 2020

Aprendí tanto no tengo como agradecer

By Jean P

Jun 19, 2018

Great course. I am really enjoying it

By Fernando P

Apr 1, 2018

Great course, very engaging lectures.